Hot-Putting Watney Wins AT&T
NEWTOWN SQUARE, PENNSYLVANIA | With a
new Scotty Cameron putter in his bag after a
week in Hartford “when I couldn’t putt the ball
in the ocean,” Nick Watney caught fire over the
weekend in the AT&T National at Aronimink
and further solidified his status as a rising star
of American golf Sunday in the Philadelphia
With a final round of 66 that included only 10
putts on his front nine and 26 overall, Watney
became the PGA Tour’s second double winner
of the year with his eighth top- 10 finish of the
season. He opened a two-shot lead at the turn
and then held off fast-charging K.J. Choi down
the stretch for his fourth career victory.
Nick Watney had a hot putter at the AT&T National.
On Saturday, Watney stunned the swirling
crowds and the rest of the field with a course-record 62 that included a 27 on the back nine,
with six birdies and an eagle on a course that
was uncharacteristically receptive to scorching scoring. Seven different players shot 64 or
better in the third round and 40 contestants
among the remaining 76 in the field had under-par rounds in the 60s on a par-70 venue.
“With 27 holes to go in the tournament, I
was just trying to play my way back in,” Watney
said. “And then, for some reason, the hole just
got bigger for me. I’m overjoyed. It was a very
difficult, long day. K.J. played great golf and he
kept coming and coming. That makes it even
Choi started the day one shot behind the
54-lead held by Watney and 22-year-old Rickie
Fowler, who played his first four holes in 3 over
and faded to a tie for 13th. Choi, on the other
hand, kept pushing up the board, finally catch-
ing Watney at 12 under when he made a 30-foot
birdie putt at the 14th hole.
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